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Title UA96 Southern Normal School Series 6. Memorabilia
Creator Southern Normal School
Description Memorabilia has been donated by and collected from various sources. Many of the earliest artifacts have come into the WKU Archives with no surviving documentation.

Most of the items in the collection are for exhibit purposes only. Images may be requested from the WKU Archivist. Items may be pulled for researchers by prior appointment.

If you have items that may be of interest to the WKU Archives, please contact us at the address above. Large three-dimensional objects may be accessioned through the Kentucky Museum. See allied and related materials for a list of these items.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1884
Year Range To 1906
Admin / Biog History The Southern Normal School began when A. W. Mell and J. Tom Williams moved the Glasgow Normal School to Bowling Green and established the Southern Normal School and Business College in 1884. Chartered in 1886, the name was shortened to Southern Normal School.

In the summer of 1890, Mell and Williams turned control of the school over to alum H. A. Evans and W. J. Davis. At the end of the fall term, J. R. Alexander and H. McD. Fletcher took over the school. Fletcher left in 1891 and Alexander in 1892.

In the fall of 1892, Henry Hardin Cherry and Thomas Crittenden Cherry opened the Bowling Green Business College and Literary Institute. Although the school was newly incorporated May 31, 1893, the Cherry brothers regarded it as the direct successor to the Mell and Williams school. With the addition of a teacher training department in 1894, the school became known as the Southern Normal School and Bowling Green Business College.

Thomas Cherry sold his interest to Henry Hardin Cherry in 1899, although he returned as a teacher from 1902 to 1905. On July 21, 1899, the Southern Educational Building Company was incorporated to expand and modernize the school's facilities. Shortly after, on November 16, 1899, a fire destroyed the Southern Normal School building. The new building was completed in 1901 and was home to the Southern Normal School until 1911, when the school moved to "the Hill."

After a campaign to obtain state support for teacher training institutions, Western Kentucky State Normal School was established by legislation signed on March 21, 1906. On May 7, 1906, a commission appointed by Governor Beckham voted to locate the school in Bowling Green, and it became successor to the student body of the Southern Normal School, with H. H. Cherry as president. The business school portion renamed Bowling Green Business University in 1904 was sold off July 1, 1907 to Joseph S. Dickey, W. S. Ashby and J. Lewie Harman.
Search Terms Southern Normal School (Bowling Green, KY)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Notes on Related Objects

Related Materials UA94.4 Student/Alumni Personal Papers
Catalog Number UA96.6
Dates of Creation 1884-1906
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA96
Level of Description Series